Sin

Philip Alley brings today’s message about the nature of the Law and of grace and the way that we should be living in the light of those two principles. The law was given, says Philip, to define sin, to demonstrate separation from God and to show that there is a penalty for sin. Grace brings the revelation that Christ’s mission on earth is the only remedy for sin. And yet, as Philip explains, grace was at work throughout Old Testament times as well. From the beginning of time law and grace worked together to teach, guide and protect mankind. Grace…

The Law, Grace and Freedom

David Alley commences this first message of a new series by pondering the question of what freedom really means to the Christian. Some people, says David, believe that once they are saved, they are under grace and therefore can act as they please. Others believe that they must observe every last one of the Old Testament laws in order to please God. Both positions, says David, are false and misleading. David goes on to illustrate from Scripture that the man who meditates (takes notice) on God’s law is blessed, while the one who goes his own way will…

The Continuity of Law and Grace

John Alley prefaces this message with truths about posterity – the generations to come and the way in which our faithful prayers today can affect the outcome for those generations. John then goes on to discuss the continuous nature of law and grace. For the person without the Gospel, says John, the law has no power to strengthen, only to condemn. However, once grace has been received the law becomes a wonderful teacher, pointing the way to righteousness in Christ. The law reveals to us our sinful nature and also the moral integrity and purity of God. When we receive…

The Subject of Sin

The Subject of Sin
David Alley begins his message with some information on the life and writings of St Augustine, author of the book “The City of God”. The city of God is not a physical place – no, the kingdom of God lives within the hearts of believers. Most people, if asked, will affirm that they are “good people”. However, the word of God teaches us that sin begins in the mind and heart. The only reason that many people do not act out of these sinful desires is a fear of the law and its consequences. But laws can only change external…

Liberty from Sin in the Cross

Sometimes, having walked with God for some time, we can tend to forget just how terrible our lives were while we were in our sins, and what Jesus has saved us from. In this message, Lloyd Gill emphasizes the true, full nature of the work of the cross. Pointing out the perilous position we were in before receiving Christ and the forgiveness of our sins, he goes on to speak of the infinitely great meaning of the cross and what it cost Jesus to give up His life for us. Sunday, 5th April, 2009